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A Scandal At The Hopyard

Tom’s got a secret. We know this because it strolled into the Hopyard just the other day.


Tom, for those of you who need some refreshing, is our male Royal Palm Turkey. His secret is that when our hen Juniper was out in the woods raising her brood, Tom was out in the woods having an adventure of his own.

Take a look at the incriminating evidence.

On the right, the new Hopyard turkey has a white tail end like his father. But the front half is similar to the natural camouflage of a wild breed.
On the right, the new Hopyard turkey has a white tail end like his father. But the front half is similar to the natural camouflage of a wild breed.

Our new hybrid turkey is called a jake, which means he’s a nearly full grown male. The jake is getting along fine with his new found family and enjoys the reliable source of food he gets at the Hopyard. But don’t expect him to be as friendly as his siblings. He’s skittish around people. There’s still some wild left in that turkey that may never be tamed.

The new turkey with one of his siblings. Notice the family resemblance?
The new turkey with one of his siblings. Notice the family resemblance?